Orlando shooting: JK Rowling pays tribute to victim who was Harry Potter ride attendant
JK Rowling was one of the many celebrities who mourned for the victims of the Orlando shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53.
The Harry Potter writer shared a special connection with one of the victims: Luis S Vielma was a ride attendant and attractions operator at the Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey ride inside Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
Luis was also an avid Harry Potter fan. JK Rowling tweeted this photo of him wearing the Hogwarts vest and said: "Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years old. I can't stop crying. #Orlando."
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016
The theme park's president and COO, Bill Davis, also released a statement regarding the loss of Vielma.
From the President and COO of Universal Orlando Resort pic.twitter.com/OmuNmUORpQ
— Universal Orlando (@UniversalORL) June 13, 2016
Vielma was not gay, but that didn't matter when the loud music started blaring at Pulse on that Saturday night. He was just a young person out to have fun with his friends. His friends and family took to social media to pay a tribute to him:
my beautiful friend Luis Vielma passed away today. At the age of 22. what a wonderful human being he was..I am lost for words..
— gina (@ginnabeean) June 12, 2016
2day God gained a beautiful angel! Luis Vielma was an amazing person who wasnt ready to leave but God had a different plan for him. We luv u
— Maria DelPalazzo (@MariaDelPalazz1) June 12, 2016
Updated Date: Jun 15, 2016 15:19 PM